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as a testimony of respect due to you, for your manly perseverance in inaintaining the practical part of free discussion. Futurity will receive the benefit of your sufferings and assiduity in eliciting truth. We cannot conclude without expressing our sympathy for the sufferings of
your Wite and Sister, and your noble assistants. In the behalf of your admirers,
I am, yours sincerely,
Sheffield Subscription List.
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Thomas Turton's fourth subscrip
tion, and completion of a penny per week for the Three
Years Imprisonment Adam Renwick, do, do. George Walton, was twenty
years a Wesleyan Methodist,
but now a Materialist Thomas Parker, an Enemy to
Priests, but a Friend to Free Inquiry George Moore William Lindley, an Admirer of
the Masters of Truth, such as Paine and Carlile, but an Enemy to Liars such as Priest:
and Bishops William Sumerfield George Bennet 2. Belsher, sen. C. B. a Friend to the Cause J. Padley The World is my Country and
to do good my Religion One who heard a Unitarian Priest
last Sunday night call your
publications ribaldry A Shoemaker Francis Marsden, a Republican
and Materialist, and a Hater of the Crafts of Kings, Bi. shops, Priests, and Deacons
Pension T. T. Matt. Addy M. F. an Enemy to Religious
Persecutions J. D. Jobn Pritchard John Oldham William Maxfield William Wragg, a Detester of
Priestcraft Luke Hides Samuel Wilson Joseph Horsefall E, Middleton Joseph Andrew, a Republican,
and a Hater of the crafts of
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Thanks to my Sheffield Friends, and let the Unitarian Priest of their town answer, instead of abusing, my publications.
No. 25. Vol. VI.
A NEW SCHEME
TO COUNTERACT THE WORKINGS OF A FREE PRESS AND
The following hand-bill, or placard, has been sent to me, after being taken down, from the walls of Boston, Lancashire. My Correspondent is anxious that I should solicit an order for a supply of my publications to this Library as it would be as well adapted to the tastes as to the pockets of the labouring poor of Bolton, to be able to get a knowledge of all my publications through some such channel. He assures me it would be a means to keep the Librarian in most active employ, whilst, if the Library contains nothing but lying and superstitious tracts, the people of Boltou already know enough of them to refuse to waste any more time in reading them, without other expence. I there · fore publicly solicit the favour of an order from Colonel
Fletcher, and Hulton of Hulton, and if they cannot raise the means to pay me, I will give an assortment of my publications as a subscription to so useful an Institution.
R. CARLILE. Given under my hand and seal this 8th
day of November, in the third Year
LIBRARY FOR THE POOR.
A Parochial Lending Library has been formed by members of the established church, for the purpose of accommodating the poor with books, free of all expence,
The library is kept at the Savings' Bank, wbere catalogues will be provided.
Any one borrowing a book, must either be recommended by a subscriber, or be known and approved by the person who delivers the books.
Attendance will be given at the Savings' Bank, on a Saturday from 12 o'clock to 1 in the Afternoon.
R. and J. Mangnall
Mawdsley, Boroughreeve Barlow
Adjutant to the YeomanBazley and Son
ry-Clerk to the Savings' Blair
Bank at a salary of £50 Bolling
per Year, and also LibraCarlile
rian to the above charuCasson
ing Institution !!!
Ridgway, Ridgmont, Magis-
Taylor, Bradford House
Taylor, Brink's Place
Watkins, May Field, Magis-
N. B. It is expected that the books, when lent, will be properly taken care of, and punctually returned according to the instructious given; and subscribers are requested to specify these conditions to the persons whom they recommend.
Bolton, October 9, 1822.
* Gardner and Yates, Printers, Bolton.
TO MR. R. CARLILE, DORCHESTER GAOL.
Ilull, November 5, 1822. At length I have the pleasure to transmit to you, a few subscriptions at this place on your behalf, which you will find at the foot hereof. Considering the cause--the sacred cause of “ free discussion on mat. lers of opinion” which you so ably defend, and the persecutions and sufferings that you, and your fainily have undergone in supporting that cause;
I regret extremely that the amount is so small." There
are probably many individuals. who neither read nor wish to read your publications, and who yet wisb to contribute their mites towards your support, from a persuasion that you are the victims of savage injustice and oppression. Such was the case of the principal subscriber who brought his pound to ine last night, declaring that he had long wished to assist you as far as his ability would go, but did not know before what medium to adopt.
I am no admirer of the doctrines of Materialism, their inoral tendency is I think, but badly evinced by the conduct of many opulent individuals, who are quite of your opinion, and yet do not afford
the least succour. Those doctrines are not at all mered to me. I remember reading some of the best French works on that subject above twenty years ago, when living under the dominion of the “Holy Inquisition" in Spain, but (perhaps from the obtuseness of my understanding I could never comprehend it possible that mere matter and motion without intelligence, could produce that admirable symmetry and order in the material world, much less that they could produce intelligent beings.
Priests have been so full of tricks and delusion, that it is not surprising that many like yourself, reject every thing they advance as false. But though you differ from we in opinion, ought I to imprison and fine you, if it were in any powerNo! God forbid; for you have just as good a right to fine and imprison me and others, who presume to differ from you in opinion: No, no, let all have fair play say I, whatever be their tenets-It is a poor religion indeed that cannot stand the test of argliment, aye and that of ridicule too. Having as I before remarked lived under the holy Spanish Inquisition, we will, if you please, contrast its conduct with that of the mild - English Inquisition" or rather Inquisitions, for we have two of them. I was impudent enough when there, to speak pretty freely against the “ Institutions" of that country, without however being in the least molested either by individuals or the Inquisition. A friend of mine proposed to introduce me to the latter, in order that I might have a thorough set to with them. I declined the offer, knowing that they used the same strong argnments which your persecutors use--fine and imprisonment! Some pitied my ignorance and prayed for me, and if your persecutors would restrain their pious rancour and be content to do the same only, they would be no worse Christians on that account-Christians, they are not so, who persecute others—they may be Atheists or hypocrites but not Christians—the latter return good for evil-do unto others as they would have others do unto them-love their enemies. But our Mock-Christians cannot even love their friends, who wish to point out to them the path of truth.
I am digressing however from my subject-let us return to the contrast between the English Inquisition and the Spanish. The former lay traps and snares and excite even to the commission of what they call crime--employ their spies to peep through key-holes and
such like dirty tricks. Now I will tell you what the Spanish Inquisition did in a case that came to my knowledge. An old Spaniard, full of zeal for truth and batred to imposture, loudly and constantly denounced the delusions and tricks of the priests. This of course came to the ears of the loquisition—They deputed one of their body to wait on the individual and point out to him the im. propriety of his conduct in disturbing the order of society, and unhinging the faith of Christians; they begged of him to desist. It was of no avail, he could not restrain himself, determined to open the eyes of his countrymen, if possible, he denounced as loudly as ever, the errors of their infallible church.
Well, what did the holy Gentlemen do now think you? Send their spies to entrap him? No! they waited upon him again,' assuring bin that they did not want to injure him nor joterfere at all with his opinions--they were as liberal as Mr. Scarlett was, when talking about Mr. Williams and the Durham Priest, “You are at full liberty,” said they, “ to entertain any opinion whatever, only keep them to yourself--you must not disturb society by publishing them."
The worthy old Spaniard being s obstinale" as some weak people call it, pursued his career as before, and was at length seized on by the Inquisition, and sent across to the Spanish fort on the coast of Africa. Now which do you like the best, or rather which do you hate the inost, the English or the then Spanish Inquisition? O yes, we have Inquisitions, and are a free people too!
If you have received the full Advertiser that has been sent to you, I need not tell you what a Rev. G. C. Sinith from Penzance has been saying here about you.
sad omission on his part not to ascertain the name of your Shopman who has recanted and burnt his books. From his statement it would appear that infidel writings are not of so con bustible a nature as other papers, for your poor repente ant Shopman had to blow the fire in order to consume them! With my best wishes for the welfare of yourself and family, I remain, Dear Sir, Yours most sincerely,
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